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4/28/2014 Newsletter and Homework
Monday, April 28, 2014 9:00 AM

 

Dear Families,

Last week our scientists learned how bones and muscles give our bodies structure and make us move, We got to look at real bones (from a cow- they were pretty smelly- don’t buy your soup bones at CUB!) and handled the observations like seasoned professionals.  Our “Shape Up” routine is really coming together.  Last week we added the kick-boxing routine.  That’s the way to learn what your quadriceps are for!  You will be amazed at our Shape Up Show at 7:45 on June 4.

Next Week

We will learn about our hearts and lungs- the basics of how they work, and what makes them healthy.   There will be lots of opportunities to collect data in math, as we measure our heart rates while resting and after exercise.

Heart Words

Speaking of hearts, we have now studied all of the first 100 “heart words” or sight words.  These are the most important words to know automatically, both for reading fluency and writing.  We are going to have a 102 “heart word spelling bee” this week, probably Thursday or Friday.  I’m sending a heart word list home in case your child would like some extra practice.   On our spelling tests from now on will have words from the most often misspelled list.

Testing Dates

We have MAP testing coming up for first and second graders.  The first graders will test on May 6 and May 9, at 8:00 am and the second graders on May 20 and May 21.  

I try not to make a big deal out of the MAP tests.  I think it’s easier on the kids if we treat them more casually, like just another day at school.  Of course, I want everyone to do his or her best, but worrying won’t help.  It’s just a snapshot of how we are doing in school.

Camp Preparations

We have ordered the tee shirts and are getting ready to talk about our hopes and dreams for camp.  Thanks to all who have sent the paperwork back to school.

The notary stamp has not yet arrived.  We’ll let you know the second it does.  Thanks to Katy Rozin and others who have been hunting for pickle buckets.  If you know of a place to get them, call them up!  If your child has one from last year, it can be reused.  We also need 2 liter bottles and sturdy, walking-stick worthy branches that the kids will sand and smooth for their hiking at camp.

Thanks!  Kristin

 

Spelling Words


lung

hung

rung

stung

flung

young


*with

*your

*friend

*really


vein

pump

artery

heart

blood

trachea

breath

diaphragm

bronchioles

oxygen


Homework Ideas

*Draw a red blood cell.  Write a sentence or two about the job of the red blood cell.


*Do your PALA- remember to make your heart beat.


*If you haven’t yet, bring in your camping forms.


*Find some facts about the heart and lungs.  Bring them to school to share.


*Read for pleasure or practice.


*Work on the subtraction facts included in your BEE book.


*Try to find your heartbeat on your neck or wrist. Count how many beats in a minute.


*Study your heart words!  Be ready for a heart word spelling bee this week.


*Do your own thing!



100 Heart Words

a

am

an

and

at

can

come

do

go

he

I

in

is

it

like

me

my

no

see

so

the

to

up

we

****

all

are

be

but

for

from

get

had

have

her

him

his

if

of

on

one

out

said

saw

she

that

then

they

was

went

you

****

after

as

away

back

because

been

before

big

by

came

could

day

did

don’t

going

has

here

how

I’m

into

just

little

look

make

man

mother

not

now

or

our

over

play

put

than

their

them

there

this

too

two

us

very

were

what

when

where

who

will

with

your